danielst (247) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle: Reddish brown colour with a vanishing head. Very malty aroma with hints of oxidation, yeast and herbal and tobacco-like hoppiness. The mouthfeel is really full, in the flavour, thereís a big cookie-and-caramel-type sweetness, which is okay but bordering on becoming cloying - and thatís an adjective I donít use inflationary. I mean, if you canít stand sweetness in a beer, you should probably avoid this. I thought it was actually a pretty decent sipper. There was a nice "british" hoppiness and slight roastiness to counteract a little.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good brew, howerever it has a bitterness I donít appreciate. It is sweet, and has an asprin-like bitterness.
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color with thick tan head. Sweet fruity aroma of dried apricots, plums and toffee. Heavy flavor with lots of fruit and toffee sweetness. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. A cognac-like feeling to this reminds me of the Thomas Hardy Ale.
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweetish, caramel, vinous, slightly spicy aroma and flavour. Warming alcoholic mouth feel and full bodied. Mildly bitter flavour and finish.
holdan (231) - USA - JUL 8, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber with little head. Aroma sweet honey, malt. Taste sweet fruit, malty caramel, licorice, alcohol. Medium body, text thick, carb fizzy, finish long bitterness.
theSlipperyPen (226) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber with a yellow-white head which lows quickly, leaving a circle of lacing around the rim of the glass. Aroma is malty with vanilla, marmalade, and an artificial banana sweetness. Alcohol is present in the nose. Taste is sugary orange, vanilla, a light zest and pepperiness, bread and brandy. Mouth feel is sticky and creamy, leaves a good covering on the palate. Finish is a bit too sweet and doesnít develop on the flavours. More hops would have been good to counter some of the sweetness, but as a desert sipper this is a good beer. A little raw with the alcohol considering itís only 8.5%, but for the price and availability, itís well worth it.
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
sweet full, typical. Looks grat, pretty good head too. Strong, but more quickly guzzled & palettable than the Belgian - not quite as good, but a damn good effort.
sound67 (223) - Offenbach, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cl bottle, as shown.
Pours a beautiful mahogany with a medium-sized, creamy off-white head with decent retention and plenty of lacing.
Aroma is of dried fruit: raisins, some orange peel, plus caramel.
Medium carbonation and a thick, creamy and oily mouth feel that, at 8.5 % abv, should surprise no one. A full-bodied strong ale, as Iíve come to expect from Fullerís.
Taste is of sweet roasted malt, toffee, stewed dark berries, with a lot of herbal spices adding to the complexity of this brew - again with a freshening note of orange peel. Malty, full, medium dry finish and gripping, slightly boozy after taste. Very similar to the much more expensive "Vintage Ale", which seems logical if that beer is indeed based on Golden Pride (same abv, to begin with). Unlike the "Vintage" variety, itís pasteurized.
As with all the strong ales and premium esbs from Fullerís, this one is beautifully balanced, with the strong alcohol well integrated into the intricate fabric of aromas. Sweetness and malty bitterness complement each other brilliantly, If youíre searching for the perfect "fireside brew", look no further.
Shaftie (217) - , Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one had a lot of shit going on, another one that just didnít make sense to my tongue. Skip this.
Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Fullerís Hock Cellar. Pours a deep amber. Aroma is rich with malt and notes of molasses and dark fruits. Full-flavored and full-bodied with an balance of moderate bitterness and rich malt. Flavor has notes of dark fruit, orange, and toasted grains. Smooth and potent.